FAQ

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We have tried to cover as many bases as possible in our FAQ's. However, if you have a specific question in mind that isn't shown, then do not hesitate to give us a call or a message to ask. We pride ourselves on keeping communication lines free and easy to all patients, and if you're in any doubt, we are always here to help you!

Frequently asked questions

What is Osteopathy?


Osteopathy is a form of drug-free, hands-on manual therapy. Originally starting in the 1800s by a surgeon named Andrew T Still from Missouri, USA. Osteopaths go through 4-5yrs of rigorous training and extensive clinical assessments, to ensure safety, clinical efficacy and a high standard of care. The UK Government protects the use of the term 'Osteopath' under the Osteopathy Act 1993, ensuring only qualified individuals can call themselves an Osteopath. For more information please visit the General Osteopathic Councils website here.




What will happen at my first appointment?


When you arrive at the clinic, you will be asked to fill out the new patient questionnaire. Your practitioner will then take a full medical history, perform any necessary assessments and then will move on to hands-on treatment. Where relevant, you may need to be guided through exercises and you may be given some homework too!




Do I need to bring scans (x-rays, MRIs etc) with me?


If available, then previous scans can be highly valuable in understanding what has happened to your body previously. Don't stress if you can't find them, you don’t need them to have an appointment.




How many treatments will I need?


This is entirely dependant on your condition and your presenting complaint. Your practitioner will discuss your treatment and the plan with you. Most people will see an improvement after one session, however most change will be seen at around 4-6 treatments.




Will it hurt during or after the session?


It is not uncommon to feel soreness for 24-48hrs post treatment. We encourage feedback during the session, so you may communicate to us if you feel sore at any point. When treating painful areas associated with injury, soreness is somewhat expected.




Can I bring someone with me?


Of course! You are well within your right to have a chaperone. Your comfort is our priority, so please feel free to bring someone in. It will ultimately be the decision of the primary patient.




Does taping or other modalities cost extra?


Nope! The price you see is all inclusive of any modality we think you may need. It gives us more flexibility with the treatment approach to ensure you get the best care possible.




Can I still come if I have pre-existing medical issues or if I am pregnant?


Yes! The beauty of Osteopathy and the work we do at the clinic is that it is beneficial for all. Modifications will be made for anyone that may need extra care. Ultimately your safety is our priority and we will not use any technique that we believe is potentially dangerous or detrimental to your recovery. On the rare occasion some people may present with symptoms that suggest a more serious problem or even a medical emergency. If this is the case, we will make sure we send you to the most appropriate place that suits your requirements.




What do I wear?


Appropriate clothing is always useful should we need to do certain assessments like squats or functional movements. Where suitable, we will provide shorts and a gown. For most, sportswear or loose fitting clothing is generally the best option. If in doubt, please give us a ring!